Thursday, June 4, 2015

Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland

Title:  Walk on the Wild Side
Author:  Nicholas Oldland
Publisher:  Kids Can Press
ISBN:  9781771381093
Price:  $16.95 (hardcover)
Target Audience:  Children's Fiction (ages 0-10)

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I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  

I have never read Oldland's previous books, but the illustration on the cover immediately caught my eye.  I really loved the cartoonish quality of the moose, bear, and beaver.  Walk on the Wild Side is a modern-day fable that teaches kids to slow down and enjoy life's adventures.  The moose, the bear, and the beaver all decided one day to climb a mountain.  Along the way, they opted to make it a competition.  When one animal meets distress, the others go to help.  Because the hike was a little too exciting, they resolve to take things a little slower.  Along the way, they make great discoveries; things they wouldn't have seen if they were in a race, and decide that the journey, not the ending, was the most exciting part.

Children will love the characters and illustrations in this book.  They will also learn a great lesson to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the little things in life.  This would make a great discussion or journal topic with your children and/or students.  

Other books in this Life in the Wild series are The Busy Beaver, Big Bear Hug, Making the Moose out of Life, and Up the Creek.  

Reader Rach gives Walk on the Wild Side 5/5 stars.  

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